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To qualify to register to vote, a person must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be at least 18 years old by Election Day
- Have been a resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day
- In Illinois, most 17-year-olds (those born on or before Nov. 8, 1998) will be eligible to register and vote in the November 8, 2016 Presidential Election, even is they are not yet 18 years old by the Primary Elections. Click here for more information.
How do I register?
We have applications in our office that you can mail into the Board of Elections. You can also register at libraries and the Board of Election Headquarters (map). You can also download the application at the Board of Election website.
What do I need to register?
If you register in person, you need to present two forms of identification, at least one of which must show your present address. Acceptable forms of identification include your Driver’s License, state ID, utility bill, mail, paycheck, bank statement, and lease. If you register via mail, you will be asked to present these forms of ID the next time you vote.
Am I already registered to vote at my current address?
To see if you are currently registered click here.
When is the next election?
The Presidential election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
For more information, please visit the Chicago Board of Elections website by clicking here.
What if I miss the registration deadline?
Grace-period registration and voting is the only way to register or change your address or name after the regular registration period ends. It is also the only way to vote if you are not registered or if your voter registration is not up to date.